Legal Considerations

U.S. and foreign laws, regulations and other governmental requirements often apply to GW’s international activities and must be considered well in advance of the start of the activity.,  Applicable U.S. laws may include those in the following areas, and others: anti-bribery, data privacy and security, economic embargoes and sanctions, money-laundering, lists of parties with which U.S. persons may not do business,  anti-boycotting laws, financial control laws such as anti-money laundering, and export and import controls on goods, technology and services.  

In addition, in certain circumstances, the laws of the countries with which the university is collaborating may require registration or establishment of legal presence prior to the start of the activity, particularly where activity will take place in the country and not just with persons or entities in the country.  The host country may also require certain government pre-approvals for the educational activities to be offered in the host country, and local tax laws may diminish payments the university expects to receive from them, if not structured appropriately in advance.  Host country laws will also apply to engaging persons in other countries to perform services for the university, either in the U.S. or overseas.

The George Washington University’s Compliance with Laws When Conducting University Activities Overseas (PDF) is a good starting point for understanding such considerations. For questions on possible legal issues, please discuss with appropriate persons in your school or department (e.g. Finance Director, Dean’s office) and contact GW’s Office of the Senior Vice President and General Counsel (GOC) at 202-994-6503 or [email protected].